Byrds (RVCD-381)

The original Byrds reunion album re-presented with superb audio. In late 1972, the classic, original line-up of THE BYRDS – Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Roger McGuinn and Michael Clarke – reunited to record their first album together since 1965. While each of the band members had continued to tour and record extensively, they had been talking about a possible Byrds reunion project for some time which became a reality when Asylum Records president David Geffen signed the band. The resultant album Byrds (1973) brought the band’s mix of folk rock and country rock to a fresh audience who had already picked up on newer artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Eagles and Tom Waits. Musically The Byrds were in fine form with those trademark harmony vocals well to the fore on the likes of Clark’s breezy ‘Full Circle’ and ‘Changing Heart’, Crosby’s acerbic ‘Long Live the King’, McGuinn’s anthemic rocker ‘Born to Rock ‘n Roll’, Hillman’s gloriously up-tempo ‘Things will be Better’ plus exceptional covers of Joni Mitchell’s ‘For Free’ and Neil Young’s ‘Cowgirl in the Sand’ and ‘(See the Sky) About to Rain’.

Recorded at the famous Waller Heider Recording Studios in San Francisco, the state of the art studio facility on the West Coast at the time. Think Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater, Santana, Grateful Dead, CSNY, Van Morrison, Neil Young… The album was a Top 20 hit and it remains an overlooked classic that continues to improve with age. “The band’s direction is no-nonsense, straight-ahead music... The Byrds make it on the strength of the music alone” (NME, 1973). As a bonus we’ve added two tracks from Gene Clark’s 1972 Roadmaster album – ‘She’s the Kind of Girl’ and ‘One in a Hundred’ – the connection being that these 1971 sessions feature the full Byrds complement of Clark, Hillman, Crosby, McGuinn and Clarke.

Byrds (1973) – THE BYRDS
1. Full Circle
2. Sweet Mary
3. Changing Heart
4. For Free
5. Born To Rock ‘N Roll
6. Things Will Be Better
7. Cowgirl In The Sand
8. Long Live The King
9. Borrowing Time
10. Laughing
11. (See The Sky) About To Rain
Bonus Tracks – GENE CLARK
12. She’s The Kind Of Girl
13. One In A Hundred

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